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Organization Location: 
Tarapoto
Peru
Blue Lagoon Volunteering

Average Rating

  • Tarapoto, Peru
Languages:
English, Spanish
Organization Description
Blue Lagoon Volunteering is a non-profit, non-governmental organization operating under the laws here in Peru. We have our residence housing, our English school and an eco-jungle farm which also serves as a recreation park. Volunteers can choose to teach or work on the eco-farm/recreo or both and are encouraged to stay at least one month. However, experience has shown that a two or three month stay is more benificial for the volunteer and those that they serve.

You will only be asked to volunteer your time 7 hours per day 4 days a week because we have experienced that the best results happen when volunteers have time to explore the endless beauties of the Blue Lagoon and it's surrounding area. You will live in a home stay environment with a local family or may live with myself and my Peruvian wife in our river house minutes from the lagoon, or you might stay at the eco-farm recreo. You will also have access to a full kitchen, have hot water and internet available. At each location we create a shared cooking arraignment with the food all being provided by us. You will be provided with unlimited access to the natural resources of this region and have the opportunity to obtain a wealth of information about how to grow and cultivate medicinal plants as well as tropical fruits and trees. You will also have access to our English as a Second Language Students within the community and have the opportunity to study Spanish and Peruvian cuisine as well. Myself-the director has a PhD. in Psychology and a Master’s in Education and am personally around during your entire stay. Recreational activities include horseback riding,swimming, hiking, soccer, volleyball, visiting the various waterfalls, fishing, camping, boating, bird watching, orchid display, butterfly collecting, kayaking, and much more. Certificates of Participation and Letters of Recommendation are given to all volunteers.
Causes
Education, Environment, Sports
Skills Needed
High School Education, Desire to exchange cultures with others, Good Physical Health
Accommodation
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$160 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Local-Transport
Manager
Patrick M. Reardon
Location

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Blue Lagoon Volunteering Average Ratings
10/17/17
2
Report on our experiences volunteering for a month in Sauce: Sauce is a pleasant town that is spread out along the shores of the tranquil Blue Lagoon. The people who live here are friendly, welcoming and always smiling. All along the streets of the town are a variety of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants, with many food stalls by the wayside. Because Sauce is situated on the edge of the Amazonian Rain Forest, there is a great diversity of wildlife. Birds and butterflies of all colours abound and exotic trees and plants flourish in the surrounding countryside. Sauce is famous for its waterfalls and you can wander along the edge of the lake or up into the surrounding hills for a longer hike. We stayed at the back of the hairdressers run by Patrick’s wife, Blanca. The...
8/30/17
1
Leon and I have just completed our 10 week commitment with Blue Lagoon Volunteering. We were living in the River House with Professor Patrick and his wife. Location • The town of Sauce is a quiet welcoming country town surrounded by green hills and Laguna Azul or the Blue Lagoon. • There are small local shops where you can buy most things. Milk is available in tins or in powdered form and there are a few herbal teas. We couldn’t buy black tea. • There are many local restaurants and street parillas where you can get a good, large meal of rice, fish or chicken, plantanos, chorizo, beans and salad for 6-8 soles or US$2.00 to US$3.00. • There are upmarket resorts around the lagoon which cater for Peruvian tourists. • Friends of ours rented a clean room with a polished concrete...
8/15/17
4
I had a mixed experience while volunteering with Blue Lagoon. Everything about the volunteering was great. The children I worked with were active and willing to learn. Patrick and his wife were great hosts and helped me get to know Sauce and the people there. Sauce itself is a charming village with wonderful and friendly people. Unfortunately I sustained a significant injury during my work there and had to depart a week early and did not get to finish out the project. While the injury did occur during volunteer time it was the result of a pre-existing condition and was in know way the responsibility of Blue Lagoon or anyone associated with them. I would love to return to Sauce one day to thank everyone I met there. This was definitely a positive experience for me. Buddy Wheeler
11/8/16
5
Volunteering in the Jungle was something very special for me. In my time off I spend everyday hiking and taking photos. I must have taken 500 photos. The lagoon is very close to the homestay. One day we took a boat ride around the entire lagoon.We also were able to go fishing and catch then cook my own Telapia from the Eco-farm where I worked. There were many waterfalls that we hiked to. Me and another volunteer spent most of my mornings working side by side with a very healthy 80 year old man named Don Juan Garcia. He shared his life’s experiences in the Jungle with me. I helped maintain various fruit trees and ate fruit that I had never seen before. We spend about one hour every day in the eco-garden where we cleaned around the vegetables and brought water up from one of the...
10/19/16
5
I am currently volunteering with Blue Lagoon Volunteering. My experience has been great. This part of the Amazon Jungle makes me feel like I have gone back in time to a less modernized world. I am working on the Eco-Farm and learing much about tropical plants and fruits and working with a variety of animals. I am also looking forward to having four English as a Second Language students starting next week. This will help me continue to increase my English Skills while helping others.